I am a huge fan of heart-rate guided training. I credit it with keeping me from overtraining on more than one occasion. If you’ve ever experienced miserable workouts, thinking you need to go as hard as possible every time you workout, frequent injuries/illness, insomnia, irritability, etc, you may want to consider taking a look at the frequency and intensity of your workouts. Yes, there is such thing as too much of a good thing.
There are so many options for heart rate monitors these days. Wrist-based heart rate monitors are nice because you don’t have to wear the chest strap, but they aren’t as responsive. The chest straps have come a long way and are much more comfortable than they used to be. We highly recommend the Polar H 10 strap which can pair with your phone, Apple Watch, FitBit, other gadgets and most fitness equipment.
Here are our tips for wearing a chest strap heart rate monitor:
The part of the strap that goes against your skin should be wet before putting it on.
The strap should be snug so that it doesn’t slip down your torso during your workout.
Tuck the strap under your sports bra to help keep it from slipping down.
Rinse according to manufacturer instructions after each use.
The battery in the receiver will need replaced at some point. We recommend Batteries+ Lifetime battery. It’s a little more expensive, but they’ll replace it anytime you need it replaced.
Follow the directions from the manufacturer for pairing your chest strap with your device/app and for tracking your workouts.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series that includes what to do with the data after your workouts.